Arthroscopy is a procedure that Dr. Augustin uses to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside the shoulder joint. During shoulder arthroscopy, the doctor inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. The doctor makes one to three small incisions and inserts other instruments through them enabling him to repair a tear in a muscle, tendon, or cartilage. Any damaged tissue at that time is removed.
Arthroscopic surgery is less invasive enabling most patients to return to work, everyday activities and even sports sooner. It can range from one week to several months.
Dr. Augustin may also refer you to physical therapy to help you regain motion and strength in your shoulder.